The summer session of Students for Justice is underway with 32 political organizer interns already hard at work encouraging people to register and vote! Our political organizers all live in or attend a college in Georgia, North Carolina, or Florida; 80% of them attend a historically Black college or university (HBCU). The new collage at the top of this page features the photos of our summer interns as a way for us to begin to introduce them to you!
The political organizer interns have been recruiting volunteers to write postcards to voters, engaging in phone banking to get out the vote in key primaries this summer, and creating TikTok outreach campaigns to encourage young people to register and vote.
Less than halfway through the summer session, the 32 interns have already:
--Recruited 191 volunteers
--Distributed 7,144 postcards
--Spent more than 255 hours phone banking
--Begun to learn and apply the principles of political messaging to their social media campaigns.
In addition, they have been attending presentations from guest speakers on topics including gerrymandering, the importance of state legislatures, how to run for political office, careers in politics, and the state of democracy and voting in NC, GA, and FL.
By the end of the summer, we will have identified several star interns who will go on to become team managers in our fall session, stepping into the shoes of our current eight team managers (click here if you missed our May newsletter profiling them!)
. As we said in our last letter, if we can raise enough money by early July we will be able to enroll 80 interns for the fall -- 64 political organizers and 16 team managers.
Here are some of our current political organizers’ goals for this summer session: